Fans of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan jubilated on Sunday the 25th of September 2016 after the club defeated visiting Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi to escape relegation from the Nigerian Professional Football League.
The victory against the Bauchi based side means the Ibadan side will escape the drop from the NPFL when the 2015/2016 season ends on October 2.
A header from Samuel Olabisi in the 54th minute of the Match Day 37 game gave 3SC the victory in a high-pressure match, the last home match for the club in the 2015/2016 NPFL season, and that lone strike proved crucial to the Oluyole Warlords’ final position on the NPFL table.
3SC were 15th on the table with 44 points before the game , while their opponents were third with 54 points. The Ibadan-based club will go for their last match of the season against Heartland FC, confident that whatever the result in Owerri, they are going to be playing in the Nigeria elite league next season.
After the encounter, 3SC’s Coach Gbenga Ogunbote said that he was highly grateful to God for the escape, saying many people had believed that the club would be relegated.
Ogunbote exclaims :
“God has been faithful to me all the time.It is good to have confidence in God and your team. This victory (and the resulting escape from relegation) has proved “I have a very cordial relationship with players.
I am the type who always wants my players to believe me and in what I believe.”
Speaking on the possibility of his leaving the club for another club, Ogunbote said the season is not yet over and therefore he is still contracted to 3SC. He went on to say that the first hurdle for him and the club had been crossed and the next hurdle was to fortify the team to win laurels.
Similarly, Seun Akinyemi, the 3SC captain, said that he was really happy for the victory and the team’s escape from relegation. Akinyemi said that many people did not believe that the team could escape relegation by the end of the 2015/2016 NPFL season.
He said: “I am very happy that the club escaped relegation, and we will now work very hard to lift the club back to its glorious old days.”
Yomi Oke, the Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, said the good old days have now returned for the Oluyole Warriors. He declared the readiness of the Oyo State Government to give its best towards returning the club to its victorious days.
Oke said: “the state government would soon unveil its blueprint for sports development, and the major focus of the Oyo Government sports blueprint will be aimed at discovering talents from the grassroots.
He further commended the 3SC fans, sponsors and other stakeholders for their unflinching support for the club, and assured them that better days await the Ibadan team.